Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, June 22

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KABUL -- The death toll from an earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday has reached 920, while 610 people were injured, a disaster official said, adding the number of casualties might further rise. (Afghanistan-Quake-Deaths)

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SEOUL -- South Korea confirmed its first case of monkeypox infection on Wednesday out of the two suspected cases.

A South Korean national who arrived here from Germany Tuesday afternoon was confirmed to be infected with the virus, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. (South Korea-Monkeypox Infection)

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PHNOM PENH -- The defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) vowed on Wednesday to strengthen the bloc's centrality, unity and rules-based order for the benefit of the people in the region, said a joint declaration.

The declaration was released after the 16th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM), which was held in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, under the chair of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh. (Cambodia-ASEAN-Defense Ministers' Meeting)

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NEW DELHI -- India reported 12,249 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 43,331,645, according to the data released by the federal health ministry on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 13 more deaths were reported since Tuesday morning, taking the total toll to 524,903. (India-COVID19-Cases) Enditem

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